24: Live Another Day star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland tells TVWise that shooting the limited event series in London was “very fitting” given that the success of 24 in the UK had contributed to the show’s longevity.
In a conference call with reporters, including TVWise, Sutherland said that when he first heard that Live Another Day would be shot on location in London the news made him smile. “If there was a place that I thought deserved our attention, I thought London was it” he added. “When I say that [the UK] was instrumental in the longevity of the show…it was a hit out of the box in London, it was a huge success.”
Going into more detail, Sutherland noted that it was the show’s success in the UK and other key territories in 2001/2002 that persuaded Fox to order a second season. “I think 24 was on the fence and its success [in the UK] and in other places in Europe were instrumental in that decision to pick it up a second season. So when I heard that we were going to shoot it in London there was part of me that felt that was very fitting.”
A 12 episode limited event series, 24: Live Another Day picks up when former federal agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) comes out of hiding after four years on the run. The CIA, led by agent Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt), is firmly on his tracks, but Bauer decides that preventing the assassination of President Heller (William Devane) while he is visiting the British Prime Minister (Stephen Fry) is more important than continuing to run.
24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox on Monday May 5th at 8/7c. Sky1 will be simulcasting the premiere in the UK with Fox’s east coast feed on Tuesday May 6th at 1am GMT, before repeating the opening two episodes in the series’ regular time-slot on Wednesday May 7th.